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Thaksin denies plan to sell squad

Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson (left) and club owner Thaksin Shinawatra pictured in Bangkok on Thursday
Thaksin (right) says there is "no truth" in the allegations

Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra has denied a newspaper's claim that he has put the club's entire first team squad up for sale.

Thaksin told City's website: "There is absolutely no truth to this story or any of the allegations.

"I appreciate the progress and performance of the whole squad, managed by Sven-Goran Eriksson, this season."

On Thursday Thaksin dined with Eriksson and City players in Bangkok, where they face a Thai All Star team on Saturday.

Thaksin added that the claim that deputy chairman John Wardle had apologised to players for selling the club was "without any foundation".

A Manchester City spokesman said the club was considering legal action over the claims.


Thaksin has already indicated to former England manager Eriksson that his services will not be required next season.

City finished ninth in the Premier League this season, but lost their final match of the campaign 8-1 to Middlesbrough.

They will play in the Uefa Cup next season after winning a place through the fair play league.

see also
Man City claim last Uefa Cup slot
16 May 08 |  Man City
Micah Richards column
16 May 08 |  Football
Middlesbrough 8-1 Man City
11 May 08 |  Premier League
Eriksson remains coy over future
09 May 08 |  Man City
Scolari to leave after Euro bid
26 Dec 06 |  Internationals
Reid warns Thaksin over Eriksson
01 May 08 |  Football
Sven's signings - hits or misses?
29 Apr 08 |  Man City
The end of Eriksson's era
29 Apr 08 |  Man City
Eriksson to be sacked by Man City
29 Apr 08 |  Man City

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